August 8, 2010
My day ends with the "Blue Screen of Death" on my laptop and waiting to send a post on the hotel computer - so this will be short and without pictures, which is unfortunate because there are some great ones today.
After a full and unexpected day of travel yesterday, and only 3 hours sleep, we started our 8th day of the trip before 6 am and took a flight from Kunming to LiJiang.
The photos today would have shown things like:
Emily meeting her pen pal of four years, Rebecca, who lives in LiJiang
Our team delivering dental equipment that my dad had donated from his practice to dentists who were so over-joyed that tears streamed down their faces
You would have seen the new dental chair purchased by the Rotary Club of Des Moines AM and SCF
The team joining Naxi women for traditional Naxi dancing after our Naxi home lunch - the one where we also have the picture of Emily - as the Honored Guest - eating the fish eye
You would have seen the team doing business with Mr. Kahn - the Bottle Man - as we picked up the bottles we ordered to help support his micro-business
You would have seen the team touring the enhancements to the LiJiang Children's Ethnic Orphanage - our longest standing initiative
Doug and Brad playing basketball with the boys
All of us assessing the negative impact of the significant commercial building just inches away from the living residence's - causing significant damage
The team listening to over 50 Kindergarten children sing to them just before an extended recess - where we introduced the concept of Matchbox cars and everyone enjoyed playtime
A picture of Leslie walking from the K-school hand in hand with the cutest little girl and the biggest smile on both their faces
Dan, Deb, Brad, and Leslie on the roof top of La Mu where the team had dinner in Old Town prior to a brief stroll before calling it a long and good day.
As it is - you will need to use your minds eye - and when I can get things running again - I will send the photos of the day for you to share in the experience with us.